Advisor Joëlle Vitiello, Macalester French and Francophone Studies.


This paper is a case study based on ethnographic interviews regarding the use of le langage des jeunes (LDJ) by an urban Parisian community, Park 18. Members of the park group are mostly second-generation young male immigrants. The language variety they speak is spoken by all youth from the “streets” who feel excluded from “standard” French society. The paper determines that although the LDJ is a way for youth to protest against discrimination they endure, it also offers the youth a solution: members of Park 18 use the language in order to maintain and strengthen their idyllic community.



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